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Prepare to munch down on higher prices for some produce

PEOPLE hoping to enjoy their traditional Easter salad this year could find themselves paying a high price for the privilege.

Beemart Enterprises operator Nev Beeston said the traditional Easter salad was mostly tomatoes, lettuce and cucumber.

People also sought out cabbages for coleslaw.

But Mr Beeston said the recent heavy rain had caused a fair bit of damage to the lettuce crop.

And tomato prices had been really high all year.

"Cabbages have been very dear and very hard to find," he said.

"People are going to have to pay a premium price."

Vegetables for cooking, such as sweet potatoes, zucchini and broccoli, were freely available, but were not traditional at Easter.

Mr Beeston said the Gayndah citrus crop was about to come on line, but would not make it into markets before Easter.

"They should be good price and good quality," he said.

At present the region's navel oranges were being imported from the US.

Mr Beeston said he expected bananas to be in good supply, as well as apples and pears.

"Avocados are just coming in and should be good quality and a good price," he said.

"Tomatoes have been really down, but now the Bundaberg crop has started they should be excellent quality and not very dear."

Mr Beeston said he did not expect Cyclone Ita to affect the banana crop if it just delivered rain to the growing area.

"Bananas love rain," he said.

But the smallcrops areas around Bowen and the Burdekin were just starting their autumn crops, and he expected the fallout from the cyclone would affect them.

Topics:  easter, fruit, vegetables



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